I’ve been doing my best to make a living on the Internet for nearly 12 years now. I’m like most web heads out there. We wear many hats. We play many parts. We design, we code, we write, we market, we doodle, and we listen to Merlin Mann get philosophical about unplugging and replugging. And like a lot of other web designers, I’ve got some strong opinions about hosting.
It doesn’t matter what part you play in building websites, we want five things when it comes to hosting:
- We want speed.
- We want power.
- We want reliability.
- We want (legit) support.
- We want elegance.
For the most part, that’s it. We want transparency. We want honesty. We want stickers. Some of us want karaoke and free coffee and conferences. But if you can nail the top five, you’ve got our attention.
And the elegance quip? It’s true. A company can have the fastest, most scalable, most reliable, best supported servers and hosting on the planet, but if you serve it to us on a website with a look circa 2004, we’re out. It needs to look and feel like a modern website and modern application. It’s an unspoken clue that you know what you’re doing.
That’s what we’re trying to do at GoDaddy. Nail the top five and earn your trust. This is just the beginning, but we get it. A lot of us were web developers and web designers first. A lot of us still are.
That’s why we’re excited about our recent changes. Based on our collaboration with Media Temple and our continual conversations with you, we’ve launched a new suite of dedicated and virtual private server plans that are tailored specifically for web designers and developers who manage clients for a living.
What’s included? Automated OS patching, root access, backups, security and monitoring. We’ve learned a lot from the experts at Media Temple, too. They’ve got a trusted support team because they know their products inside and out. They certify their team before they help web designers and developers. We’ve done the same. Why? Because supporting you is different than supporting a general hosting customer.
Take it from the guy in charge of hosting at GoDaddy, Jeff King:
“Web developers and designers often manage more than one website at a time for multiple clients, therefore their needs differ from our general web hosting customers. We are doing everything we can to learn about how to better meet their needs as well as their clients’ needs. These new products are a direct result of many conversations with our customers. We know there is a lot more work that needs to be done – this is just the beginning.”
You can read the full press release here and check out our new GoDaddy website, GoDaddy Pro. We designed it specifically with web professionals in mind. Get in, get what you need, and get out. Hosting shouldn’t be complicated. We want to make it easy so you can focus on what’s really important—making great stuff for your customers.